I have been a hobby cake decorator for years and have made cakes for friends and family as favors, my Gruffalo cake was for a friend and so was the van, copyright didnt even enter my head when i made them as i wasnt selling them.
This year i have decided to do it as a business and have been getting everything i need ready. One of the things i have been looking into lately is copyright.
Do you even realise that you need permission to re-create well known characters into icing to put onto a cake to sell it?
I started emailing around – Moshi Monsters were happy for me to re-create their characters and logo as long as it wasnt for mass production.
HIT Entertainment (who cover characters like Bob the Builder/Postman Pat/Thomas the Tank) say no unless you have a licence.
DISNEY – so far have received no response.
So when my cake business is fully up and running – I will be saying no to making character cakes, which is a pity but i dont want to breech copyright and get into trouble!
-- Sally, wiltshire, https://www.facebook.com/bootifulcakesandcupcakes